Installment loan providers play an important role in the communities they serve by providing access to safe, reliable credit. However, that’s not the end of the story.
Installment lenders have become a cornerstone in many of the communities where they are located as they continue to develop professional – and often personal – relationships with their customers. As members and residents of these communities, installment lenders realize the importance of giving back.
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“I got involved with Relay for Life in 2011 when my mom was diagnosed with cancer – small cell carcinoma. Another lady in town was diagnosed a week later with the same cancer. After Sharon and I lost our moms five days apart in 2013, we formed a Relay for Life team called Ethel’s & Patty’s Angels. We were the first team in Jennings County to raise more than $10,000, which we did in both 2013 and 2014. As fundraisers, we make crocheted scarves and homemade caramel popcorn, which we sell all year. I have made more than 700 scarves and make around 800 bags of caramel popcorn a year to help raise money. I have customers who come into the office to make their payment so that they can get the caramel popcorn and look at the scarves. On the day of the Relay for Life, we set up a booth and sell the caramel popcorn and sandwiches, and have a silent auction. We’re working on going for $10,000 for the third year in a row.”
-- Lisa with Personal Finance Company from North Vernon, Indiana
For the past two years, OneMain Financial Hawaii branches have participated in the annual Children and Youth Day celebration held on the Hawaii State Capital grounds in Honolulu. Held each October, the event was established by the State Legislature in 1993 to honor children and youth in the State of Hawaii.
In recognition of the 20th anniversary in 2013, OneMain Financial partnered with the local chapter of Junior Achievement to host an interactive financial education game. Kids of all ages stopped by the booth to spin the “Wheel of Financial Knowledge” and answer questions about saving, budgeting, college planning and careers for a chance to win prizes such as puzzle banks, ear buds and more. 45,000 people attended the one-day event.
In 2014, OneMain Financial was the Platinum Sponsor of the Heart of the City Race in Burnsville, Minnesota, to support the Kids Feeding Kids program, a partnership with the Twin Cities Boys & Girls Club. Branch Manager Jeff Wiley (pictured center) traveled from Aberdeen, South Dakota, to volunteer and support the OneMain race team. Jeff has a special connection to the event. His niece, Jordan, who was killed by a drunk driver, was an avid volunteer and an enthusiastic ambassador of the Kids Feeding Kids program. The OneMain race team and many other participants ran in Jordan’s honor. 100% of race entry fees were donated to the charity.
OneMain Financial partnered with the Portland Rose Festival Association and Oregon Food Bank to host a food drive at City Fair on June 5, 2014. Festival-goers who brought two non-perishable food items received one free fair admission, compliments of OneMain Financial. OneMain Financial’s ongoing commitment to giving back to the community was highlighted in a TV segment
that appeared on the local Fox and featured Portland-area OneMain Financial employees volunteering at the Oregon Food Bank.
On the day of the food drive, OneMain Financial employees manned the entry gates at the fair, collecting food donations. In total, OneMain Financial employees helped collect 5,067 lbs of food, enough for 126 emergency boxes. An emergency box is a supply of food given to a family of about four people that should last three to four days.
OneMain Financial has a longstanding relationship with Junior Achievement (JA) that includes volunteer and financial support on both a national and local level. The organization links financial education with career content to strengthen the decision making skills of young people. In 2014, more than 40 OneMain Financial volunteers participated in a “Teach Children to Save” event hosted at Lakeland Elementary/Middle School and Biztown in Maryland, which reached more than 700 students.
In recognition of Junior Achievements’ work, One Main Financial’s Chief Marketing Officer and JA Maryland board member Jim Ryan presented a check to JA for $100,000 for use in expanding its work in Baltimore County Public Schools. Baltimore County School Superintendent Dallas Dance and JA Maryland CEO Jennifer Bodensiek were present to receive the award and host OneMain Financial officials at Franklin Elementary School in Maryland in October 2014.
OneMain Financial has long supported the March of Dimes’ mission to improve the health of all babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. To help support this cause, OneMain Financial employees host fundraising events and participate in local walks to raise money in their communities.
In 2014, OneMain Financial’s branches raised more than $380,000 for March of Dimes – averaging $300 per branch. To raise money, branches took part in several fundraising efforts, such as making custom items for auctions and sweepstakes, hosting bake sales and pancake breakfasts, and holding joint fundraising events with Yankee Candle and Krispy Kreme Donuts. Aside from fundraising, many employees, along with their family and friends, participated in March of Dimes walks all across the country to show their support.
OneMain Financial’s home office team, consisting of more than 350 registered walkers, raised more than $78,000 for the organization in 2014. The employees are particularly passionate about participating in the March for Babies annual event, because it is a grassroots, employee-driven campaign. Each department is encouraged to participate by organizing a fun event that focuses on team building, camaraderie and networking for a great cause. Some fundraising events hosted last year were a 3-hole golf tournament, Wii Bowling for Babies, and raffles of baskets loaded with local restaurant gift cards, hotel stays, sporting event tickets and more.
The Day of Caring is an event held each September on the Friday after Labor Day by the United Way of Southwestern Indiana. It’s a day where over 1,000 community volunteers (50 from Springleaf) go out to local non-for-profit agencies and spend the day volunteering. In 2014, Springleaf volunteered at Holly’s House, a domestic violence shelter in Evansville, Indiana.
Springleaf Financial’s London, KY Service Center is very active in London and Laurel County. This annual event in April is in conjunction with the local Chamber of Commerce and a local greenhouse where Springleaf team members create flowering baskets and hang them up and down Main Street. The bright and colorful arrangements are watered throughout the spring and summer and enjoyed by all who travel up and down the main thoroughfare.
Springleaf Financial is the founding sponsor of the St. Jude Give Hope Run held annually in Evansville, Indiana that takes place every April. The walk/run attracts 1,500 participants; of those 100 are Springleaf volunteers. The Give Hope Run raises funds for St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, TN. In 2014 the race raised over $110,000 for the fight against childhood cancer.
Springleaf conducts a local neighborhood trash pickup with the local Springleaf Boys and Girls club each spring. Springleaf works with the club members to pick up trash, share lunch, talk with the kids and even hear from the Mayor of Evansville, Indiana on the importance of keeping our neighborhoods clean. Joe McElroy (pictured) is one of Springleaf’s 50 volunteers who helped with the event every June.